Local lantern artist Wu Teng-hsing, who has won international recognition for his craftsmanship, was recently commissioned by Kong Leng See Temple in Malaysia to design two lanterns that celebrate the Chinese New Year. Wu reportedly shipped the lanterns on Dec. 23 to Malaysia, right on time for the annual Chinese New Year celebrations.
According to Wu, the host of the Kong Leng See Temple in Malaysia asked him to design the lanterns 6 years ago. Representatives of the temple came to Beigang township in central Taiwan again this year to commission the lantern artist. The two lanterns, designed on the theme of rats, aim to give blessings and bring wealth to worshippers. The Rat, the first animal of the 12-year cycle, is a preeminent animal in the Chinese zodiac.
Thanks to the help of another well-known craftsman from Beigang, Huang Chi-wei, the lanterns boast a fusion of traditional and modern elements. Huang further developed a new technique of making a deity to make the lanterns’ clothes look more exquisite and three-dimensional.
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